12 Фев, 2022

Renewable electricity buyers

IT giants have emerged as the largest participants in renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs), with Amazon becoming a key player in the PPA market in 2021, purchasing 6.2 GW. It accounted for more than 20% of total PPA deals last year (31.1 GW), according to BloombergNEF. In total, the volume of PPA deals from Amazon is 13.9 GW, while Microsoft and Meta have 8.9 and 8 GW. Previously, Google was the leader.

At the same time, two-thirds of PPA agreements are signed by American companies, although in fact they also work in countries where renewable energy is either absent or too expensive.

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In the Tula court, sentences were announced to people who helped Alexei Navalny find out the billings of the FSB officers. Igor Zaitsev and Pyotr Katkov received 2 years in prison, Alexander Zelentsov — 3 years.

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The opportunity to change the passport in connection with the change of sex was returned to the website of the State Services. The service disappeared in 2020, at that time the Ministry of Digital Transformation explained this as “technical problems”, but human rights activists sent a collective complaint, where they indicated that the inability to change a passport after changing gender is a violation of the administrative regulations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, since transgender people could not receive a discount on payment of state duty, and the process itself was complicated.

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Astronomers have discovered a new mysterious object in archived data from the Murchison Widefield Array radio telescope. For two months, every 18 minutes, he emitted a strong radio emission, for a minute becoming one of the brightest radio sources in the night sky.

These outbursts occurred in 2018, but since then the object has «calmed down» and no longer emits. Scientists believe that this is a new type of astronomical objects, theoretically predicted, but not yet observed — magnetars with an extra long rotation period.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine demanded from the Russian Federation within 48 hours to provide information on the exact areas of military activity, the number of military personnel, types of weapons and military equipment in the territories adjacent to Ukraine.

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McDonald’s trademarked the restaurant in the Metaverse. Hungry — you come to a restaurant in the metaverse — you place an order there — they bring you food in reality. Like a normal application — only in virtual reality

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The Russian architect presented the concept of a LEGO set based on the painting «Black Square» by Malevich — it contains 1100 parts. When assembled, the miniature of the painting «Black Square» will not be flat, since the details have a variety of textures. From the designer it will also be possible to assemble other famous paintings by Kazimir Malevich: «The Black Cross» and «The Black Circle»

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A group of researchers have created a tentacle-like robotic finger made of gelatin, sugar, citric acid and glycerin — it was printed on a 3D printer. Previously, soft robots had to be made from non-biodegradable material, as biodegradable ones would dissolve in water and become moldy, which had a limited lifespan. In the new work, scientists added citric acid to a special mixture to make the robot less susceptible to mold, and glycerin to make the material more stable when immersed in water. This is how the new «recipe» of robots turned out

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Opel is going to offer an electric version of every model of its cars by 2024. This was reported by the head of the company, Uwe Hochgeshurts, to the German edition of Augsburger Allgemeine. According to him, due to the framework set in Europe, the time of internal combustion engines is running out. From 2028, Opel will no longer sell such vehicles in European countries.

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The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has flown a Black Hawk helicopter for the first time without a single crew member on board. The development of the ALIAS flight automation system began in 2014, and now it has been tested in action over the US Army base at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The flight lasted half an hour.

Previously, ALIAS was tested only with a pilot, who was supposed to control the entire process and take control in case of a malfunction. The military can also control the helicopter remotely using a tablet.

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Alexandra Ainbinder, the founder of Sota Vision, has been added to the register of foreign agents. Previously, the editor-in-chief of the publication was recognized as a foreign agent

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Nearly 400,000 residents of the DPR have Russian passports, head of the unrecognized territory Pushilin said

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Comfortable conditions should be created for foreigners in Russia, but the security of Russians remains a priority in the issue of immigration, said Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev. Yesterday he headed the commission on migration policy. Mr. Medvedev advocated greater control over «ethnic enclaves», which often become «hotbeds of crime.»

“In places where migrants live compactly, there is a risk of ethnic enclaves forming. This is actually a global problem, and we also have it in full. A kind of such small states within a state that live by their own laws and according to their own concepts and, most importantly, ignore our laws. Without proper control, they can and, unfortunately, often become a breeding ground for extremist and terrorist sentiments and hotbeds of crime,” Mr. Medvedev said.

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The head of the Central Bank, Elvira Nabiullina, said that the concept of the Ministry of Finance to regulate the cryptocurrency market does not eliminate existing risks, and the implementation of this concept may lead to new threats. The Bank of Russia sent its position on the approved concept of regulation of cryptocurrencies to the government.

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The foreign ministries of Latvia, Norway, the Netherlands, Japan and South Korea called on their citizens to leave Ukraine due to fears of a Russian invasion and increased tension on the border, and Israel began the evacuation of families of diplomats from the country

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Following the meeting of the State Council and the Council on Science and Education, Putin instructed to develop a program for the domestic production of scientific instruments to replace foreign ones, which now account for 80% of government purchases for universities and research institutes (9.5 billion rubles out of 12 billion).

The «road map» of scientific import substitution, according to Putin’s instructions, should be developed before July 1 and provide for «the production of the most popular devices, the necessary consumables and the provision of after-sales service for manufactured products.»

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, in connection with the Ukrainian crisis, said that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will not deviate from its principles, including the right of nations to choose their military allies. He added that NATO will not compromise on its core principles, and Russian aggression will only strengthen NATO’s presence.

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According to Reuters, statistics from companies tracking oil tankers show that by the end of December 2021, despite sanctions, Iranian oil exports exceeded one million barrels a day for the first time, the highest level in three years.

The main oil export from Iran is to China. Reuters reports that in recent months, the administration of US President Joe Biden has held consultations with the Chinese government to prevent Iranian oil from entering the country.

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Biden signed a decree blocking $ 7 billion of assets of the Central Bank of Afghanistan in US banks. As previously announced by local publications, they are planned to be used for humanitarian needs and compensation for victims of terrorist attacks.

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The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic may turn to Russia for help if Ukraine continues to pull troops to the line of contact and let foreign troops into the country. This was stated by the head of the DPR Denis Pushilin on the air of the Russia 24 TV channel.

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The leaders of the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Italy, Poland, Romania, France, Germany, the European Council, the European Commission and NATO representatives held a virtual meeting and discussed ways out of the crisis in Ukraine, according to the website of the United Kingdom government.

The leaders of European countries, the United States and NATO agreed to respond to a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine with tough sanctions, but at the same time confirmed their readiness to find a diplomatic way out of the crisis.

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In January of this year, 430 square meters were cut down in the forests of the Brazilian Amazon. km. trees, the BBC reported, citing government satellite data. The area of ​​deforestation exceeded the figure for 2021 by five times. January felling was the highest since 2015.

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Early presidential elections in Turkmenistan will be held on March 12, Reuters reports citing a representative of the Central Election Commission. The day before, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at a meeting of the khalk maslahaty — the upper house of parliament — said that he had decided to give way to young leaders «brought up in a spiritual environment and in accordance with the high requirements of modernity.» According to him, the decision was not easy.

Berdimuhamedov has been president of Turkmenistan since 2007. His term of office expires in 2024. Berdymukhammedov’s son Serdar, 40, who holds the post of deputy prime minister, is seen as a likely successor, Reuters notes.

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In Kharkiv, under the chairmanship of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, an off-site meeting of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine was held, which considered the formation of territorial defense and approved the Maritime Security Strategy of Ukraine. Zelensky set the task of increasing the territorial defense forces of Ukraine to 2 million people.

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov during a briefing on the results of the offsite meeting of the National Security and Defense Council in Kharkiv said that Ukraine would not take Donbass by force because of fear of mass death of the population.

In turn, the mayor of Kiev Vitaliy Klitschko said that evacuation plans for each of the districts of Kiev were approved, as well as the locations of assembly points, the number of necessary transport and safe areas for the population.

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In Afghanistan, an explosion near the cathedral mosque in Qala-yi Nau (the center of Badghis province) killed at least 8 people and injured 20 more. Aamaj News agency reported that the explosion occurred as the congregation left the mosque.

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On the evening of February 11, the flag and symbols of the Islamic Republic of Iran were displayed on the Nur Alem building in Nursultan, the capital of Kazakhstan, along with a congratulatory text in Persian and Kazakh on the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.

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Brazil has legislated the right for foreigners working remotely to obtain a residence permit. To do this, you must meet the following conditions: have a minimum monthly income of 1.5 thousand dollars (112 thousand rubles) or 18 thousand dollars (1.34 million rubles) in a bank account. You will also need to prove that you work for a company that is not located in Brazil. The residence permit is issued for a year and can be extended.

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About six thousand citizens in 2021 became victims of coincidences of personal data. As a result, the demand for payment was received not by the debtors themselves, but by their full namesakes. Recently, such complaints from citizens have become more frequent, the Prosecutor General’s Office said. As a result, the department began large-scale checks on the observance of the rights of citizens whom bailiffs mistakenly identified as debtors, according to the website of the Prosecutor General’s Office on February 9.

In order not to become a debtor involuntarily, experts advise regularly checking your credit history. After all, even imaginary debtors can be limited in their rights, be prosecuted or lose their property. For information on a loan, you can contact a bank or several banks that operate in the region. By law, data on the status of their accounts is provided free of charge twice a year.

From January 31, 2019, you can also request a credit history and find out about all debts through the State Services. The service is also provided free of charge, but not more than twice a year.

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Toyota Research Institute engineers trained the autopilot to drift. The car can calculate the trajectory of movement in a fraction of a second and independently pass difficult sections of the route, changing the angle of slip.

For testing, they made a modified version of the Toyota Supra. The car has successfully passed tests on a 3.2 km section of a closed track. In the future, they want to introduce technology into serial models, but not for fun, but for safety. Cars will be able to intentionally go into a drift, for example, to enter a turn at speed or go around an obstacle, avoiding an accident.

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